Turkish Local Government Elections 2019 – #TurkishElections2019
New Young Turks are following the elections in Turkey for several years. Its voluntary members are from different political convictions and are interested in the political sphere in, around and affecting Turkey. Like in the past several years – this year different members of NYT are observing the #TurkeyElections2019 at the ballot boxes, after the announcement of the election results and share their impressions with the world wide web on social media to give an insight on the ongoings on this important happening.
Why NYT is observing the elections?
New Young Turks believe that it is necessary that elections must be carried out under direct, free, fair and equal circumstances in order to guarantee the fundamental democratic values. This is the main reason why young individuals of different political affiliations make their ways to several Turkish cities, make their own and independent monitoring and get in touch with locals to hear about the people’s experience. As the political atmosphere can poison the air during the elections as in every country, NYT is aware of this situation and it is prescribing itself objectivity and professionalism.
What is this election about?
The election on 31st of March 2019 in Turkey is the local government election which according to the article 127 of the Constitution takes place every five years. The previous election is dated back to 2014 where 27 parties competed against each other. The AK Party (AKP) won 18 metropolitan cities and 800 municipalities whereas the Republican People’s Party (CHP) achieved to take six metropolitan cities and 226 municipalities.
Local government elections are important to elect and determine the mayors of the municipalities, district municipalities, local authorities etc. The elected local governments take care of public services and it’s functioning.
Why are local government elections important?
Local governments are in a direct relation with the citizens. This reason is a motivation for all political parties in Turkey to reach out to more municipalities as possible, because it is believed that a good administration and service will effect at the end the general elections in Turkey. To achieve better results for this election Turkish parties created alliances among themselves to appear stronger.
Which parties are taking part?
In this local government election thirteen Turkish parties are competing against each other. These parties in alphabetic order are:
Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AK Parti; Justice and Development Party)
Bağımsız Türkiye Partisi, (BTP; Independent Turkey Party)
Büyük Birlik Partisi, (BBP; Great Union Party)
Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (CHP; Republican People’s Party)
Demokrat Parti, (DP; Democratic Party)
Demokratik Sol Parti, (DSP; Democratic Left Party)
Halkların Demokratik Partisi, (HDP; Peoples’ Democratic Party)
Hür Dava Partisi, (Hüda-Par; Free Cause Party)
İyi Parti (Good Party)
Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, (MHP; Nationalist Movement Party)
Saadet Partisi, (SP; Felicity Party)
Komünist Partisi (TKP; Kommunist Party of Turkey)
Vatan Partisi (Vatan Parti; Patriotic Party)
What kind of result is expected? In two major cities – İstanbul and Ankara